BSA to probe lack of medics

BOXING SA chairperson Peter Ngatane says there will be investigations into the professional tournament that went ahead last weekend without paramedics.

BOXING SA chairperson Peter Ngatane says there will be investigations into the professional tournament that went ahead last weekend without paramedics.

BSA acting chief executive Loyiso Mtya disregarded the rules by allowing Future Boxing Promotion's tournament to go ahead. He said it was because boxers and fans had already converged on Finetown's Multi-Purpose Centre, south of Lenasia. Mtya said they had two doctors and "thank God nothing happened".

But Ngatane, a doctor, said: "It can never be right that a tournament goes ahead without paramedics. That is a requirement of the Boxing SA Act. We cannot cut corners when it comes to safety."

Ngatane said the BSA board would wait for the report from the tournament before acting.

"But there will be an investigation that will include the promoter, who should have fulfilled his requirements, which include two doctors and paramedics as well as a hospital ready for anything.

"The office should also have known whether the promoter met all the requirements."

Meanwhile Dumile Mateza, who shares the task of turning boxing around, told Sowetan last weekend that Ngatane admitted two weeks ago that tournaments by promoters Blacky Seoe and S'Phatho Handi went ahead without purse monies being deposited.

Mtya said both tournaments met requirements .

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